July 5
 
Sunday, July 8
Worship 10 am, 
Sanctuary 

This Sunday in worship we continue our summer sermon series, "Word," with new member Sandy Ammon, who will share how  Micah 6:8 has been God's Word throughout her faith journey. Amy Starr Redwine's sermon on the same text is titled, "The Alternate Path," and Sandy will also serve as the Lay Worship Leader. Join us at 10 am in the sanctuary. 

Music Notes: We welcome  Covenant member and violinist Jessica Lee to our service. A graduate of the Juliard School, Jessica is member of the Cleveland Orchestra and maintains an active concert career.

Summer Hymn Requests
Haven't sung your favorite hymn in a while? Here's your chance. Let us know your hymn request(s) and a possible date for your request over the remaining Sundays of July and August. You may submit up to two hymns (in order of priority). Please submit hymn titles from either our current pew hymnal or the new "Glory to God" hymnal.
Click 
 to submit your requests online. You can can also submit them in the office.

Children:  This Sunday, children are welcome to the children's space in worship and will have Sunday School following the Time for Young Disciples.

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Join Us TODAY and Sunday
for
Half-Truths:  "God Helps Those Who Help Themselves" 
and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say

This video and discussion course started Sunday, July
1st, and from 5:30-6:30 pm today, Thursday, July 5, we will repeat the first session. All four classes will be held Sundays in July from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm and Thursdays from  5:30 until 6:30 pm in our newly renovated Dowd Commons on the lower level of the church. Join us for a time of learning and dialogue! 

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In Our Church Family

We pray for  Jane & Ted Adams, Judy Bourne, Akeya Clark (Marie Jones' niece), Paul Dirksen, Rob Engle, Marlene & William Finkenthal (David Finkenthal's parents), Chick Holtkamp, Lise Jenson, Paul Jokinen, Craig Jones, Les Knowlton, Greg Madison, Barbara McGhee, Elizabeth Mierke, Kellen Newton-Hall, Alex Peters, Ward Porch, Sue Salvator, Liam & Emilee Stewart (Mindy Stewart's nephew and sister), Carolyn Teare-Richardson and the Richardson family, June Tomko and Gabriel (Jenny Conner's grand-nephew). We pray for those struggling with illness, convalescing, or homebound; the patients, family, and staff in our surrounding hospitals; and those who have placed prayer requests in our Carpenter's Box.

Pray for those affected by gun violence  
Since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School on  December 14, 2012, killing 26 people, 20 of them children; 983 people in Cuyahoga County have been killed by guns. Since last month, 17 more individuals have died by gun violence in Cuyahoga County. The names of those at least 18 years of age are: Julius Orosz, Robert Irving, William Frederick Johnson, Michael A. Giera, Natasha K. Gunderman, Jonathan Hogan Legg, Gregory A. Hummel, Andrew J. Osowski, Aclee Dudley Jr., Harold Spurgeon Emery Jr., Luther E. Moore, Michael Anthony Unger, Isaac Darnell Carson Jr., Steven Ray Heading, and Radosav Lazovic. Seven of those who died were by suicide and two were under the age of eighteen, including a nine year old girl.  Believing God calls us to be peacemakers, by Session action, we include in the Prayer of Thanksgiving, Intercession and Petition, once each month, specific concern for people affected by gun violence and addressing the evil of gun violence in our nation, marked by the tolling of the tower bell. Join us, in this time of increased concern over deadly gun violence in our county, our country, and the world, in remembering and praying that God will show us the way to a new commitment to Peace on Earth.  The Church of the Covenant partners with God Before Guns, a multi-faith coalition of individuals and faith communities created in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, to reduce gun violence. Go to  godbeforeguns.org  to see how to become engaged

Out of the office:  Kevin Lowry will be preaching in Columbus this Sunday. Willie Parker will be on vacation July 8-14. Amy Starr Redwine will be on study leave from July 14-20. Mindy Stewart will be at the Montreat Youth Conference with senior high youth July 14-21.

Please send prayer requests to Melanie Marsh Baum. Names are generally removed from the bulletin after four weeks unless there is a continuing need. Please let the church know if you or a loved one is in the hospital; HIPAA privacy regulations prevent hospitals from sharing this information.

Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. ~Galatians 6:2
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Church Happenings

Meditation for World Peace: The Reiki community, led by William Rand, has begun a World Peace Meditation movement on specific dates at specific times. The idea is that people around the globe will be praying/meditating/sending Reiki for world peace in their own time zones, creating a wave of energy that will gain intensity as it circles the globe for 24 hours. The Covenant Healing Circle invites you to meet in the sanctuary on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. to do that in community. If this is not convenient, please pray for peace at home for about 15 minutes sometime between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., knowing that others are praying with you. Specific prayers for world peace will be available at the church that evening, and are available online, for those wanting resources .



Mark your calendars for  Friday, September 7, 2018 when we will officially celebrate the unveiling of University Circle's newest hidden gem at the Church of the Covenant: t he Dowd Commons! Details to follow.


The Cache reopened Tuesday, July 3rd!
Thank you for your patience and loyalty during the remodeling process. 
Please note: For the time being, the Cache will be open on Tuesdays only, from  10 am to 4 pm.


If you have any information regarding congregation members please email the communication manager, Aisha Newton. She would love to highlight them in the enewsletter or social media.
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Outreach Opportunities

Attention Cookie Bakers! 
 We are in need of more cookies for our welcome bags. We are looking for bakers who can volunteer to bake one batch (2 dozen cookies) each for each of the Sundays in June. Please contact Melanie if your willing and able to help out. Thank you!





The Saturday Tutoring Program "Wish List" 

The tutoring programs needs  "gently used" items, including the following: 2 tablets, 3 computers, calculators for all ages as well as books and educational games.






Spring Music Concerts  

FRIDAY LUNCHTIME CARILLON CONCERTS
July 6,  12:15-12:45pm
Bring a lunch, a lawn chair or blanket and a friend.  Pick up a program at the base of the tower or online. Attendance and parking are free . Friday concerts are repeated on Sundays at 11 am, and there are tower tours on Friday after the concerts. On Sundays, the tower is open to visitors during the concert, including to children who are accompanied by an adult.
This week: George Leggiero, University Circle Carillonneur
Friday carillon concerts continue through November 16

Summer Learning 

Join us for Theology on Tap this Summer!
Our summer dates and locations:
July 5, 5:30 @ COTC (part of Half-Truths)
August 15 - Day trip to Chautauqua Insituation 
For more information contact Melanie Marsh Baum.




Community Events

The Gathering Place
Shop for fine furniture and beautiful home accessories at The Gathering Place Warehouse Home Furnishings Sale. Clearance on select items. Join us on Saturday, July 14, 9am-1pm & Sunday, July 15, 10am-1pm.  The warehouse is located at  4911 Commerce Parkway, Warrensville Heights, 44128 Proceeds from warehouse sales help The Gathering Place provide free programs and services to people currently coping with the impact of cancer. For more information about The Gathering Place please visit  www.touchedbycancer.org.
 

Free CPR Training with UCI


University Circle Inc. is providing free CPR training this summer and Covenant members are welcome and encouraged to attend:
  • August 7 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Cleveland Institute of Art)
  • August 13 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CWRU)

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11205 Euclid Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44106
Wheelchair accessible

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